OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — After six straight games to start the season when almost nothing went right, Mitch Moreland made sure the Oakland Athletics would have something to feel good about when they head out on the road.
Moreland hit an RBI single with one out in the 10th inning and the A’s rallied to beat the defending champion Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 Wednesday for their first win of the season.
“Obviously we’ve been needing that one, kind of waiting for it,” Moreland said. “Hard-fought game today. We’ll take that and carry the momentum over into the road trip. It was a good one to get.”
The A’s were in danger of falling to 0-7 for the first time in franchise history before tying it in the ninth off Kenley Jansen when Matt Chapman scored on Elvis Andrus’ sacrifice fly. Chapman also hit a solo homer earlier in the game.
Oakland then won it in the 10th when Moreland’s line-drive single to center off Jimmy Nelson (0-1) scored Mark Canha from third. Canha started the inning on second base and had advanced on a flyout.
That helped the A’s avoid the first 0-7 homestand in franchise history.
“It’s definitely not the start we wanted,” Moreland said. “We know we’re a lot better team than that. We played great in spring and kind of had a little bit of lag. It didn’t go our way out of the gate. That’s a good win for us.”
Yusmerio Petit (1-0) pitched a scoreless 10th for the win.
Trevor Bauer put together his second straight strong performance after signing with the Dodgers this offseason for $102 million over three years. The 2020 NL Cy Young winner allowed three hits and two runs in 6 2-3 innings, recording 10 strikeouts for the second straight start.
But he ended up with a no-decision when Jansen couldn’t hold the lead in the ninth.